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  1. #1
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    Hmm ice machine cleaner

    i don't know why i buy the stuff, it doesn't work...i just finished cleaning 3 scotsman ice machines..
    i could have used my brushes and some warm water and done as good...or so it seems.

    thoughts..
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    Are you talking about descaler? If there is scale, descalers do work (some better than others). If you just need to clean slime and mold, then descaler won't help you.

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    Are you sure you are seeing scale? Could you be seeing missing plating?

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    yes its a mineral deposit..white, and can be scraped off..im using manotowocs stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by primmers View Post
    yes its a mineral deposit..white, and can be scraped off..im using manotowocs stuff.
    Well don't do any scraping!

    Yes, the stuff is really a descaler - which is a must where I'm at due to the hardness of the water.

    I never understood why they call it a cleaner. It's a DESCALER, with a next step still needed to SANITIZE to get rid of the biological growth. THAT'S the cleaner.

    I won't use any of the generic cleaners...uh...I mean DESCALERS like NuCalgon or others. They get aeriated by the pump, foam up and create a horrid mess.

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    i don't scrape the evaporator,,the manotowoc cleaner doesn't touch the scale that i see.
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    Try using warm/hot water?

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    yes..ive soaked ice probes in every amount including a 100% solution ..with warm water as well...
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    There's only one way to clean an ice machine as far as I am concerned. Take the darn think apart and clean parts / hoses, etc. in warm soapy water. I like to use a gentle solution of xxxxx. Remove all the mold & muck, use soft bristle brushes dipped in the solution and brush away the mold from inside the evaps. Hoshizaki's are a *****. Manotowoc's are much easier to get clean on the inside. Reach in underneath and clean the bottom. This is IMPORTANT. An inspector only needs to use a mirror & flashlight to see what is going on up inside the machine. Use a garden hose connected to a mop sink to spray down machine if possible. Otherwise use cold water from a pump sprayer to wash into bin. Wash & sanitize bin last. Put all parts back together again. And test the ice. Share some with your favorite kitchen employee!

    For brushes I use dedicated brushes you would use to clean boilers. For cleaner I use, well I'd rather not say but it works well and is cheap. Forget about the lime build up. It will never come off short of scraping which creates new issues.


    My .02

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    I use it full concentration out of the bottle with a sprayer and it works great. Spray a tough spot and when it's done bubbling spay again. If you are cutting it with water it doesn't take much to fizzle out the reaction.

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    the manotowoc cleaner says to delete for best results..my problem is not cleaning the ice machine but rather how to cut through
    the scale/lime/alkali/hard water marks..ive used it full strength without positive results.

    I'm under the impression that anything harsher than ice machine cleaner harms the nickel plating..
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    There is no easy button to set it and forget it.
    I was going to shoot a video today of how well the stuff cuts on some tough stuff.
    They make 3 kinds now
    Could you have one of the weaker solutions or is it possible it was cut before you got it.
    When you spray it on full strength you almost need a gas mask and full PPE it attacks scale so well now.
    I hate cleaning ice machines and it takes a long time but I don't agree with what you are saying about the cleaner. Something is not right.

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    itsiceman, are you talking about the manotowoc cleaner?? i buy the stuff in gallon jugs, and use it straight and mixed..
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